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Research Interests:
Arts, Humanities
Discipline: Comparative Literature
Pillar / Cluster: Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


Dr. Nazry Bahrawi specialises in the comparative study of texts, theories and traditions of Indian Ocean cultures between the Malay Archipelago and the Middle East. His research is informed by discourses in world literature, decolonial theory, translation studies and ethnic studies. He has published in these areas in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes.

Dr. Nazry has translated two literary works from Bahasa to English by Singapore’s Cultural Medallion winners: namely, Mohamed Latiff Mohamed’s collection of short stories, Lost Nostalgia (Ethos: 2017) and Nadiputra’s play, Lorong Buang Kok: The Musical (Cokelat: 2012).

Dr. Nazry has penned op-ed commentaries on culture, ethnicity and humanities education in the Malay Archipelago in Al Jazeera, The Guardian, South China Morning Post, The Straits Times and Today. His interviews were featured in BBC, Al Jazeera, Channel NewsAsia, TRT WorldSuria, Deutsche Welle, South China Morning Post and The Straits Times.

He had also served on the international advisory board of Critical Muslim (Hurst & Co.), a UK-based quarterly of ideas and issues which presents Muslim perspectives on the great debates of our times.

Key Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Edited Volume 

Selected Book Chapters

  • “Weretigers in Weretexts: Cultural Translation and Indigeneity in the Malay Archipelago”. Translational Politics: Contesting Race, Gender and Sexuality in Southeast Asian Literature. Ed.: Grace V.S. Chin. New York: Routledge, 2020 (Forthcoming)
  • “Utopia”. The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Eds.: Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz. Wiley-Blackwell: Malden MA, Jan 2016
  • “Multiculturalism”. The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Eds.: Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz. Wiley-Blackwell: Malden MA, Jan 2016
  • “Not My Bible’s Keeper: Saramago’s Cain Translates Postsecular Dissent”, Reading the Abrahamic Faiths: Rethinking Religion and LiteratureEds.: Emma Mason and Nazry Bahrawi. London: Bloomsbury, Dec 2014

Selected Essays

Book Review


  • PhD in Comparative Literature, University of Warwick (2013)
  • MSc in General and Comparative Literature (distinction), University of Edinburgh (2009)
  • BA (Hon.) in English Language and Literature, Singapore University of Social Sciences (2007)


  • Malay and Arabic literature and culture
  • Decolonial theory
  • Translation studies
  • Ethnic studies


  • Toji Cultural Residency in South Korea, 2019
  • SUTD Award for Excellence in Service to Community, 2018
  • National University of Singapore-Middle East Institute Research Fellowship (Postdoctoral), 2011-2016
  • Muhammadiyah Ibnu Sina Award (for PhD studies), 2010-2011
  • Islamic Religious Council of Singapore Postgraduate Scholarship (for PhD studies), 2009-2010
  • British Chevening Scholarship (for Masters degree), 2008-2009